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Senator Grassley questions Justice Department over ‘serial viewer of porn’

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Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) questioned Thursday why the Department of Justice did not take action against “an admitted serial viewer of pornography” who served as an Assistant United States Attorney even after the department’s Inspector General found at least one image of child pornography on the attorney’s work computer.

Grassley, a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter (PDF) to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking why the Assistant Attorney had not been charged with a crime and why the case for disciplinary action was still “pending” as of May 31.

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The letter, dated July 7, cites a report from the DOJ Office of Inspector General.

“This report contained what appears to be an inexcusable mishandling of serious allegations against an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) which calls into question the DOJ’s internal controls and prosecutorial discretion,” he wrote.

Grassley questioned how the individual able to evade the DOJ’s pornography filters and if the DOJ made efforts to upgrade its pornography filters because of the incident.

He also asked if the Assistant United States Attorney was ever assigned to handle cases that involved any interaction with children.

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Grassley said he received the report after he and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) requested semiannual reports on closed investigations and audits that were not disclosed to the public.


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Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.

"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."

"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."

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Trump campaign has 12-person ‘War Room’ toiling to fight the impeachment inquiry: report

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While the White House has bragged about refusing to start a "war room" to deal with the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's administration, his campaign is footing the bill for a 12-person operation, the LA Times reported Friday.

“Some of you have criticized us for not having a war room — OK? — which we don’t by the way,” acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters.

“You don’t have a war room when you haven’t done anything wrong," he added.

By that logic, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign may fear the president did something wrong.

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‘I don’t think he knows what he’s doing’: Ex-Trump advisor rips the ‘cascading crisis’ of his ‘strategic disaster’

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President Donald Trump received harsh criticism from a former top Middle East advisor for the ethnic cleansing campaign Turkey is waging against the Kurds in Syria.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

"The truth of the matter is when President Trump announced to the world last December that we were leaving Syria and he arbitrarily cut our force reportedly in half, which is already a small force, we lost all of our leverage and influence," McGurk argued. "And he really threw it out the window on this call on October 6th."

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